I haven’t read what Orson Scott Card had to say about recent developments until today.Â Let’s just say I’ve been sleeping, too frustrated with the incoming information, to eager in some cases to be thought well of by people who I like and even sleep with.Â My husband is swayed by anti-American European newspapers and many science educated folk get their cue from the ivory tower leftovers of the 60s war protesters and their minions. I’ve been distracted from an opinion that I’ve found time and time again to be illuminating and useful and too scared to form an opinion for myself because I don’t have time to gather in all the information I need to come to a reasonable conclusion I can trust.
But who is a science fiction writer, even an award winning one,Â to say something about why we should stay in Iraq? WhyÂ wouldÂ he have a valid opinion?Â He is much moreÂ well read than I am on the subject, and in 99.9% ofÂ the time, more well read than you, my dear reader.Â He read the Rise and Fall ofÂ the Roman Empire when he was 11, and hasn’t stopped sucking up information about the state of civilization around him.
I can’t read as fast as he can. I’m not as interested in politics as he is, but I do know that I should know at least enough to make an educated vote, to know what the moral action is so that when I do stand up, it isn’t for the wrong reasons.
So the real question for Americans right now is: Would you rather fight the war now, in Iraq, with policies that will lead to victory, and with a military that has high morale and is prepared to do what is necessary to win?
Or would you rather fight it later, with the kind of anti-military, anti-victory President that the Democrats are almost certain to nominate in 2008, and with a demoralized military that will have to regain all the ground we already hold right now, and at a far higher cost?
It is not a choice between war and peace. It is a choice between a victory in defense of Western civilization, particularly America, or a defeat that will lead to a far more desperate war later — and with far less economic strength behind us as we fight it.Â Â
Iraq is a tough job, and it is hard being there and continuing to lose lives there. But pulling out of there would be a bad idea, right now. Bad the the Iraqi people, and bad for us. We need to just stop our whining, stop second guessing ourselves, stop cowering or sucking up toÂ those who can call names the loudest, and do the right thing.
War does not simply go away because we think it is wrong. Being a pacifist does not always save or enrich lives. Sometimes, doing the right thing means fighting and sacrificing and losing face to people who don’t even have our best interests at heart anyway.